One take on what’s wrong with Chicago’s schools budget

One take on what’s wrong with Chicago’s schools budget
One take on what’s wrong with Chicago’s schools budget

One take on what’s wrong with Chicago’s schools budget

Tuesday night, Chicago Public Schools held three simultaneous hearings, where the public got to weigh in on the district’s proposed budget for the 2016 fiscal year. That budget includes hundreds of layoffs, and a variety of other cuts. It also relies on 480 million dollars from Springfield that may or may not materialize. Rod Estvan is the education policy analyst for Access Living, the disability advocacy group. He says 2015-2016 is an especially critical year for special education. He was at the public hearing at Schurz High School on the Northwest Side to testify about changes he’d like to see CPS make before the board votes on the budget next week.